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Community Formation Commission

Introduction and Overview

The Santa Barbara City Council has established the Community Formation Commission (CFC) to guide the creation of a civilian police review system.

The CFC will explore different civilian police review systems, existing and new police accountability systems, and the specific needs of Santa Barbara’s many communities.  The CFC will also review the Santa Barbara Police Department’s existing standards and protocols.

Following its examination of these issues within the context of Santa Barbara’s specific needs and systems, the CFC will make recommendations to the City Council for creation of a civilian oversight system in Santa Barbara. 


The City will protect applicants’ and Commission members’ personal information to the full extent allowed by law.  This Commission will conduct extensive and highly visible public outreach, and will make what may be controversial recommendations.  It is not legally possible to conceal the identity of participants.

How Do I Apply?

The current application period is closed.  In the future, you may apply by completing an application form available from the Santa Barbara City Clerk’s Office or online.  The City Clerk’s Office will provide technical assistance to persons wishing to apply.  Applications will be made available in Spanish and English.


Summary & Other Details




Selected by Commission


Either personal or professional experience, or both, that will garner the confidence and trust of the Santa Barbara community, including: relevant lived experience, demonstrated community standing, and relevant academic research or professional experience


$50/meeting attended


Approximately 1 year

Meeting Schedule

Monthly, plus as needed

Flexible Meeting Times

Staff support will be available outside of normal work hours, including weekends and evenings

Time Commitment

4 to 20 hours/month

Financial Disclosure?


Training Requirements

Yes, Successful applicants will receive Ethics training required by AB 1234 and extensive training in police practices and community policing needs and options

Professional and Logistical Assistance

The Council anticipates the Commission retaining a professional facilitator after a thorough selection process

Staff Liaisons

City Attorney’s Office, 805-564-5326
Others as requested

Appointment Process

City Council selects 13 members from applicant pool. Council will give special weight to nominations from neighborhood organizations and community foundations

 Reference Community Formation Commission Information [PDF]

Community Formation Commission Appointments PowerPoint for City Council

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2021
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